Extreme Makeover: Home Edition live blog: Lou Gehrig's Disease, Jeremy Williams, Greenville High School

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comMay 16, 2010 

Here's what happened when we live-blogged Sunday's Pine Mountain Valley episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on ABC.


At the Williams' family's viewing party at the Columbus Firefighters Association building, (almost) the entire room is silent when the show starts. There's at least 100 people here.

The show kicks off with a shot of Ty Pennington and company, joined by Leigh Anne Touhy and her family, in the "Extreme Makeover" bus. When Ty says "Harris County, Georgia" there are cheers at the viewing party.

Footage of Jeremy and Jennifer's audition tape is very emotional. Jennifer says what she wants from a new home "is freedom for the two guys that I love so much."

Time for the "good morning, Williams family" scene. Jacob Williams wisely predicts, "You're going to crush our old house down and make a new house."

Jennifer talks about her relationship with Jeremy, which started with a crush in junior high. The crowd here laughs as Jacob puts his arm around "Extreme Makeover" designer Paul DiMeo while describing the bathroom at his home.

Nearly everyone around me is crying as Jeremy Williams tells Ty he might not be around to watch his son turn into a young man.

After some footage at Greenville High School, we see the Williams family leaving for their Colorado vacation.

At 8:13 p.m., it's time for the show's first commercial break. The crowd cheers.

Time to restock the Kleenex.

After commercials, we see some footage of the renovation at Greenville High School's field house. Then, we see the family skiing in Colorado.

Next, it's time for demolition footage. There's a football theme with NFL coach Herm Edwards. BAM! That house is DOWN! At 8:19, it's time for another commercial break. Once again, the crowd cheers.

The show returns and we get some shots of the pieces of the modular home. We see the first piece being lowered. I was there! (But not on TV.)

Back at Greenville High School, Leigh Anne Tuohy, her daughter and designer Tracy Hutson are cleaning out the field house. Tracy isn't exactly thrilled. "The moving out of the lockers was something that maybe I could have missed," she says.

At the Pine Mountain Valley house, we get a power sequence of the house coming together. Ty and designer Michael Moloney are planning something with Jennifer and Jeremy's love letters. Tracy is planning a barn-themed bedroom for Josie. Designer Paul DiMeo is planning a construction-themed therapy room focused on "Handy Manny."

Leigh Anne Tuohy is taking control on the construction site. She won't take any nonsense from Michael Moloney: "When you hear your name, that means you're needed."

More shots of the Williams family on vacation. It's time for Josie to open a present Ty gave her at the trip's onset. It's a carrot. Huh?

Oh, wait. Looks like the carrot is for a mysterious girl building a snowman. That girl just happens to be...Demi Lovato!! Aaah!!

At 8:29 p.m., we go to commercials. The crowd cheers.

After commercials, Demi Lovato performs "Make a Wave" for the Williams family in Colorado. Aww. I love the family's group hug with Demi.

We're back at the Pine Mountain Valley construction site. Here's Wilmer Valderrama AND Handy Manny. The crew is putting the finishing touches on the home.

At 8:37 p.m., we see footage of the Williams family coming home. They first see the new field house at Greenville High School. It's entirely remodeled with new equipment and everything. Then, the football team comes in and greets their coach. Football stars like Isaac Bruce from the 49ers are also present. Jeremy Williams says he can't think about the day when he won't be able to coach anymore. "That's going to be tough," he says.

Tracy Hutson tells Jeremy he's invited to be a co-chair for a CVS Pharmacy campaign directed toward finding a cure for ALS. She says CVS Pharmacy is also taking care of the Williams family's medical debt.

Think that's good? Wait, we still have a new house to reveal.

At 8:40, it's time for a commercial break. Again, the crowd cheers.

The show resumes and it's time for "move that bus!" At 8:48 p.m., we take the first steps inside the home.

Oh wow. The huge main living area includes many photos of the family. There are remote-controlled doors for Jacob. There's also a rock-climbing wall inside and a handicap-accessible playground.

At 8:50, we go to commercials. The viewing party crowd offers possibly their loudest cheers yet.

Then, we see the kids' bedrooms. Jacob has a high-tech big screen in his room. Josie has a barn and her own loft space.

Jeremy and Jennifer's room is decorated with their love letters. "You wrote me a lot, didn't you?" Jeremy says on screen. The viewing party crowd laughs.

Jennifer says she married her prince and got her castle. "I know they're taken care of," Jeremy says of his family.

Ty closes the show with his catch phrase: "Welcome home, Williams family."

So, no Sandra Bullock appearances on screen. But from the final tissue count, I think the viewing party crowd is satisfied with the final product.


The Williams family is gathered at the Columbus Firefighter's Association building on Lynch Road in Midland with a crowd of about 100 people. When a promo for tonight's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" aired 10 minutes before the show, the crowd cheered.

Prior to the show, guests walked around handing out boxes of Kleenex. It's good to be prepared, right? We're in for a tear-jerker.

The show will focus on the Williams family. Greenville High School football coach Jeremy Williams has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The incurable, fatal condition affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

His 7-year-old son, Jacob, has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. The family also includes wife Jennifer and daughter, Josie, 8.

In February, crews from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” built a new approximately 4,000-square-foot house for the Williams family. They also renovated the field house at Greenville High School.

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